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Drum Major Academy

Workshops 2021

Arkansas

CANCELLED 😢
CANCELLED

Stetson

CANCELLED 😢
CANCELLED

Wheaton

CANCELLED 😢
CANCELLED

UC Riverside

CANCELLED 😢
CANCELLED

UMass

CANCELLED 😢
CANCELLED

These locations have been cancelled by our host campus, following state and local mandates, as well as their own preparations for their students in Fall 2021.

We’d love to see you at one our other locations or on our Virtual ELEMENTS workshops instead!

We cover a full curriculum.
There’s a lot to it.

Our curriculum has been perfected over our 4-decade history. We teach 4 core concepts of marching music leadership.

Every student receives personalized instruction & feedback, and practices teaching & commanding their peers—a key component of a successful Drum Major.

Here's how.

The days of “floor, door, window, ceiling” are long gone. Marching band conducting follows an established rubric.

We teach teaching: how to “clean” with the DMA procedure. Using marching basics, students learn observation & teaching skills.

Every Drum Major must understand when and how to give the proper commands. Effective communication is crucial.

Being a leader means going the extra mile. It’s raising your hand “as high as you can” and then raising it 2 inches higher.

We work with the best.
You can, too.

We’ve assembled a team of world class music educators over our 40-year history. Our workshops are taught by university professors and high school band directors.

Our staff bring their years and decades of experience to every one of our workshops. Our students get 1-on-1, hands-on training with music educators at the top of their field.

Learn from the best.

Drum Major Academy

Teaching Staff

Heidi Sarver, DMA Lead Teacher.

Heidi Sarver

Professor of Music
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
John Leonard, DMA Lead Teacher.

John Leonard

Assistant Director of Marching & Athletic Bands
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Katie McCarthy, DMA Lead Teacher.

Katie McCarthy

Band Director
Attleboro High School
Attleboro, MA
Kirk, Daniel.

Daniel Kirk

Director of Bands
Sumner Academy of Arts & Science
Kansas City, KS
Justin McAdams.

Justin McAdams

Band Director
Phoenixville Area High School
Phoenixville, PA

Evan Doyle

Band Director
Westborough High School
Westborough, MA
Sindorf, Trevor.

Trevor Sindorf

Band Director
Westfield High School
Westfield, NJ

Leadership is a defining quality. We define it.​

We inspire our students to lead, learn, and grow. And we do it by igniting a fire in our students, driving each of them to become their fullest self.

Every student is overflowing with potential, if you know how to help them reach it.

We build leaders.

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